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The ArcGIS Software Authorization Wizard and Patch Notification tool cannot be run in GUI mode on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP1 (SLES).
When trying to run the ArcGIS Software Authorization Wizard or 'Check for Updates' from the shortcut menu on SLES 11 SP1, the applications never appear. Running these tools in GUI mode from the ArcGIS installation directory under the tools folder also fails.
This problem is only observed on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP1.
The ArcGIS Software Authorization Wizard and Patch Notification tool use a local X11 library that is incompatible with the X11 authorization mechanism on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP1 only.
There are simple workarounds for this issue:
% <ArcGIS_InstallDir>/tools/authorizeSoftware -f licenseFile.prvc
% <ArcGIS_InstallDir>/tools/patchnotification/patchnotification -c
% xhost +